Jessica Nelson is someone I really look up to. Sure, she’s tall and I’m not, but that’s not what I mean. Jessie is fun, friendly, and generous. Visit her blog, Booking It, and you’ll see what I mean. I learn lots from her—and she makes me smile at the same time.
Jessie’s debut novel, Love on the Range, is a Love Inspired Historical romance, and it’s on shelves now. This engaging tale of a rancher and reporter at odds received 4 ½ stars from RT Book Reviews!
Jessie, in keeping with her romantic inclinations, married just two days after she graduated from high school. She believes romance happens every day, and thinks the greatest, most intense romance comes from a God who woos people to himself with passionate tenderness.
When Jessie isn’t chasing her three beautiful, wild little boys around the living room, she can be found staring into space as she plots her next story. Or she might be daydreaming about a raspberry mocha from Starbucks. Or thinking about what kind of chocolate she should have for dinner that night. She could be thinking of any number of things, really. One thing is for certain: she is blessed with a wonderful family and a lovely life.
Let’s Learn a Little More about Jessie
Chocolate? Yes! If you were forced to choose which form of chocolate is your absolute favorite, what would you say?
I really love truffles or chocolates that have raspberry filling. 🙂
When Jill Kemerer interviewed you last October, you said cooking isn’t your forte. I can relate, since I rank preparing meals up there with paying taxes. I love eating out and suspect you might, too. When you head to a restaurant with your kiddos in tow, which place do you go? When it’s just you and your hubby, what’s your pick?
Mmm, well, there’s a Mexican restaurant in my town that we all adore. Don Pepe’s! Yum. We’ll go to the same restaurants with or without the kiddos.
When I had the privilege of interviewing you at Romance Writers on the Journey (my former blog) back in February 2009, I asked you about the different genres you write. You said, “No more historicals for me. Now I’m writing contemporary inspirational romances. Much easier for my brain.”
And yet here you are with a historical romance on the shelves, proving the Lord has a sense of humor and that our paths can go in unexpected directions. What’s another time God surprised you by changing your plans and bringing about way cool results?
That’s so funny! But you know, Love On The Range is still my only historical. LOL Although I am slogging through a historical WIP.
Great question about God. I don’t know if I have an answer because I don’t really like to make plans… I know He surprises me all the time with good things though. I’m really thankful for everything He’s done and even more, the awesome people he’s put in my life. You all are blessings!
In that interview you also talked about your preference for Alpha heroes, so it comes as no surprise that you’re married to one. Your adventurous, live-life-with-gusto Extreme Fisherman fellow has taken you on some amazing trips. Which one stands out, and why?
Heehee! Costa Rica!! I love to speak Spanish and the Ticos are so friendly. They help me jabber away and are just cool people in general.
If we were to ride shotgun with you as you drive to the place you go most often, where would that be and what would we learn about you on the way?
Well…lol, I wish I could give you an exciting answer. During school months, you guessed it, we’d be heading to school every morning and afternoon. But in the summer, chances are you’d be riding to the river with me and my brood. On either ride you’d probably learn that I love music, and I love it loud. 🙂
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Jessie’s Question for You
What kind of music do you like?
And do you blast it, or do you prefer it as background noise?
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Any other socialite would view being packed off to a remote Oregon ranch as a punishment. But Gracelyn Riley knows that this is her opportunity to become a real reporter. If she can make her name through an interview with the elusive hero known as Striker, then she’ll never have to depend on anyone ever again.
Rancher Trevor Cruz can’t believe his secret identity is being endangered by an overly chatty city girl. But if there’s one thing he knows, it’s that Gracie’s pretty little snooping nose is bound to get her in trouble. So he’ll use her determination to find “Striker” to keep an eye on her and stick close by her side.
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Drawing for a Copy of Love on the Range
Jessie has generously offered to give away an autographed copy of Love on the Range.
To enter the drawing, leave a comment by Tuesday, April 10. (Be sure to provide your email address in the appropriate field so I can contact you if you win.)
I’ll select the winner on Wednesday, April 11 and post the name here and in a comment.
Congratulations to the winner of Jessie’s book: Wendy Paine Miller.